A Las Vegas high school baseball booster club and its coach have found themselves caught up in an expensive conflict after accepting a donation of a building.
Two years ago, parents of Arbor View High School baseball players decided that they wanted to improve the facilities of the Aggies' baseball team. They presented a design and financing plan for a clubhouse to the school’s administration, but the administration wouldn’t give them an answer on whether they could build the clubhouse.
Eventually, the parents were told that the clubhouse could only be built if it were constructed near the girls’ softball field, which the parents thought was unfair.
"It was silly; it was our funds, private funds. We were like, 'That's not such a great deal,'" said Carl Pastrone, whose son is a pitcher and outfielder for the Arbor View Aggies.
After a long delay, another opportunity presented itself: A local business agreed to donate a precast one-story building that could be used as a shed. The business also offered to have it constructed.
Representatives of the booster club pitched the plan to school administrators who approved it in 2014; the shed was assembled on school property that September.
Several months later, officials of the Clark County School District (CCDS) said the shed violated Title IX and demanded that it be torn down.
Title IX states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
The claim that the shed for the boys’ team violates Title IX is questionable, because the shed was donated by a private party. It was not paid for with public funds.
“The girls aren’t complaining,” Pastrone told Fox News. “It’s totally coming from the school district.”
Arbor View parents volunteered to arrange for the shed’s removal, which would have been free. CCSD sent the removal out for a bid, and it would cost $21,000.
"(The CCSD) took some funds out of the baseball program and Arbor View [to pay for the removal]," Pastrone said. "They've already taken that money; that money is out of our account."
The baseball fund was drained of its $10,000. The remainding $11,000 needed to pay for the shed’s removal came out of the high school fund.
"It's a sad commentary on something that was so well intended, it really was," an unidentified parent told 8 News Now.